Coaches Choice: Dominik Ritter

The Newcastle Jets coaching staff have highlighted the performance of defender Dominik Ritter for this week’s ‘Coaches Choice’.

The Hunter Ports Newcastle Jets coaching staff have highlighted the performance of defender Dominik Ritter for this week-s ‘Coaches Choice-.

Each week the Newcastle Jets coaching staff will select one player who they believe played an important role in the previous weekend-s game.

The Coaches Choice will not necessarily be the man of the match, but rather a player who has caught the eye of the Jets coaching staff with certain aspects of their performance.

In his second game back from injury, Ritter was a solid performer in the heart of the Jets- defence as Newcastle kept their second consecutive clean sheet to hold the Brisbane Roar to a 0-0 draw at Hunter Stadium.

“It was only my second game after the injury and I was quite happy with my performance,” Ritter said.

“The whole team performed especially well and I thought we deserved the win, but at least we got a clean sheet, so that was good.”

After two resilient performances in front of their home fans, the Jets now face back-to-back away games against Wellington Phoenix and Melbourne Victory.

Ritter said the Jets would be looking to take their home form on the road with them.

“We-ve played twice at home now and it-s getting close to the end of the season and the finals,” Ritter said.

“At the back we just have to ensure that we try to keep these clean sheets and one goal will be enough to win.

“I think it-s a good base that we-ve set up in these last two weeks and now we have two games away against Wellington and Melbourne Victory.

“They-re going to be two tough games, but I think if we keep playing the way we have and if we can keep the clean sheets at the back and maybe get a couple of goals, that will be good.”

After spending a frustrating period on the sidelines due to his recent hamstring injury, Ritter said he will be taking every precaution to ensure his body remains in tip-top shape during the Jets- demanding stretch of four matches in 14 days.

“You just have to look after your body,” he said.

“After training to your recovery, make sure you get enough sleep and eat well.

“When you play a game also make sure you recover as quick as possible and do everything to keep fit.”